Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days.
First off I want to thank everyone for using the Amazon link at the top of the right hand column on the blog. As I’ve told you before, Amazon pays me a tiny percentage of your sales…and I really appreciate all of you who are using that link. I so appreciate it as the money made there is used to help offset the costs of running the blog.
I recently put this picture up on Instagram and Facebook.
I got another flood of questions and comments:
What tutorial did you use? This one.
Here is a LINK if you can’t view it in this post.
I also ended up with floods of other comments so I’m going to address some:
This is the mask (person gives me an example) I am making. Is it the “right” mask? I don’t know. Is it the “wrong” mask? I don’t know. Is there a “better” mask? YES. There are better masks the N95 but, as we know, they aren’t always available.
Is it good to wear these masks? I don’t know. I figure it can’t hurt. Should everyone be wearing them? I don’t know. The news is starting to make it sound like everyone going out might need to be wearing them.
What do you do if you run out of elastic? Make ties. How long do you make them? I don’t know. Every pattern is different. Try the mask on and see what you think. I can’t make a recommendation as I don’t know which mask you are making. I make mine the width of fabric. One for each side.
I’ve heard I need to make them with a non woven. Well to be honest I don’t really know what that is. I don’t really know that it is available. People have guessed. Which guess is right? I don’t know.
I’ve been told make them with batik fabric, it has a tighter weave. That might be true…has it been tested and it’s factual based? I don’t know. It sounds good in theory.
I’ve been told the masks I’m making are so complicated. Well I want mine to stand up and be washable and reusable so I’m making them like the tutorial….is it the right choice? I don’t know.
I’ve been asked to make a pocket in them so…I have. Do you need to make them with a pocket? I don’t know. Is it the best choice? I don’t know.
I’ve been told the tutorial I’m using it to hard. I’m sorry. Find one that fits your needs. I’ve been told this design or that design is better….Maybe it is. Find one that fits your own needs.
I’ve been told that this hospital or that hospital wants this or that style. Well then I’m not the person to be making them for that facility as I’m making the style in the youtube tutorial I linked. Someone else can make them for the hospital.
I’ve heard make them with elastic. I’ve heard “no, don’t make them with elastic because of ear fatigue”. People wearing the masks get sore ears from wearing them all day as the elastic rubs. Who knows what to do or listen to? Not me.
I’ve been told “your fabric is so cute…I don’t have cute fabric like that”. Seriously, if someone NEEDS a mask, I really don’t think they care about fabric. There is no “proper fabric print”.
I’ve heard I must make them from two different pieces of material so the people using them can figure out how to put them on and know what is the front and what is the backside. Mine have a pocket on the backside, I’m sure someone can figure it out. But if that’s what you want to do, go for it.
People send me links to articles about “their” mask. (a “better” one) People are constantly sending me suggestions and comments. Me, I smile and nod.
I’m going to go off on a little tangent here so beware. I’ll come back around and link the two things PROMISE. Here goes:
When I was growing up my sister belonged to a church that believed the Sabbath (or day of worship) was on Saturday. They believed the Sabbath was from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. My mom was leary and questioned it all the time.
My sister and my mom argued about it ALL OF THE TIME. My mom went through calendars and calendars from ancient times trying to figure out which is “THE” 7th day for us all to resting on. I remember long discussions on when leap years were added to calendars. Seriously, many of my childhood memories are of the two of them at the kitchen table with piles of paper between them as they argued and discussed this.
As a 12 year old listening to this all I came to this decision and I’ve stuck with this decision all of my life:
If God wants me, he’s going to have to accept me as I am. I did not have the ability to understand all they are talking and arguing about. I didn’t know that I ever would. If God is so mean and not understanding of my ability to try hard, and not get it right, maybe I’m not the person for him. I wanted to be the person for him….but maybe if God wanted perfection, I wasn’t his girl.
…and that’s how I came to understand GRACE and acceptance…through the arguing between my mom and my sister over something to this day I still believe there is not way to prove a right or wrong.
This GRACE has served me well through the years. I’ve applied it to many things beyond God and religion.
I laughed. I saw someone say they spent the whole day watching Youtube videos trying to find “the best” method. Sad but true, one size does not fit all…there is no “best”. Just jump in and make them if you wish. Don’t make them if you don’t want to. Follow the exact guidelines for the facility or people you are making them for if you want. Don’t use the tutorial I’m using…do use the tutorial I’m using. DO IT YOUR WAY. If the people don’t like the method you are using in making them, give them to someone else. Seriously…there is no way to get this perfect so just SEW ON with grace.